What are Ellis Whittam’s thoughts?
Musab Hemsi, Head of Care and Principal Employment Law Adviser at Ellis Whittam, comments “The Scottish Government Consultation responses on the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill make for interesting reading. Responses highlighted the mutual responsibility of service commissioners to properly fund services, should the Bill be passed”.
Musab continues “The Bill needs to make clear that the duties placed upon providers have equivalence with the duties placed on commissioners of services to ensure achievable staffing levels and sustainable services, including the covering of any financial burden incurred through compliance with the Bill. This mirrors the rhetoric in the aftermath of the Mencap decision earlier in 2018, which led to further funding to be made available for service providers, to ensure profitability and viability were not destroyed by ever increased compliance parameters”.